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Awesome dotfiles

A curated list of dotfiles resources. Inspired by the awesome list thing. Note that some articles or tools may look old or old-fashioned, but this usually means they're battle-tested and mature (like dotfiles themselves). Feel free to propose new articles, projects or tools!




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Using specific tools

Find dotfiles repos

There are many great dotfiles repos out there, each containing their own inspiration and gems. I think one of the best ways to go through them is by searching GitHub for "dotfiles".

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Example dotfiles repos

A collection of the most popular, well-maintained, and collaborative dotfiles repositories & frameworks. Some projects contain just the dotfiles. Others go further by allowing you to easily add your own custom dotfiles, and/or including scripts to manage dotfiles/plugins.


| Title | Description | Focus | | :------------------------------------------------------------------ | :------------------------------------------- | :--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | | Bash it | Community bash framework. | Autocompletion, themes, aliases, custom functions. Well-structured framework. | | Mathias’s dotfiles | Sensible hacker defaults for macOS | Lots of goodness here, great collaborative community effort. | | Maximum Awesome | Config files for vim and tmux | Vim, tmux. Built for Mac OS X. | | webpro's dotfiles | macOS dotfiles | Bash, Homebrew, Brew Cask, Git, Node.js, Hammerspoon. | | rootbeersoup's dotfiles | Effortless Bash, Vim and macOS configuration | A

curl \| sh
installer and a Makefile offer portable and effortless setup for either permanent or temporary configuration. | | Luke's voidrice | Arch linux dotfile bootstrap | Bloatless, often suckless software. Vim config for editing documents in markdown or latex |


| Title | Description | Focus | | :------------------------------------------------------------ | :--------------------------------------------------------------------- | :----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | | thoughtbot dotfiles | Set of vim, zsh, git, and tmux configuration files | Zsh, vim, tmux, git, homebrew. Uses rcm. | | oh-my-zsh | Community-driven framework for managing your zsh configuration. | Includes 200+ optional plugins (rails, git, OSX, hub, capistrano, brew, ant, php, python, etc), over 140 themes to spice up your morning, and an auto-update tool. | | Prezto | The configuration framework for Zsh. | Enriches the command line interface environment with sane defaults, aliases, functions, auto completion, and prompt themes. | | YADR | The best vim, git, zsh plugins and the cleanest vimrc you've ever seen | Homebrew, zsh, git, vim, and more. Active repository. | | antigen | Plugin manager for zsh, inspired by oh-my-zsh and vundle. | Antigen is a small set of functions that help you easily manage your shell (zsh) plugins. Antigen is to zsh, what Vundle is to vim. | | Dries's dotfiles | Simplified approach to dotfiles for macOS | Zsh, Oh My Zsh, macOS, Homebrew, Mackup | | sobolevn's dotfiles | Dotfiles for the developer happiness | Zsh, Brew, Sublime, Python, Node, Elixir |


| Title | Description | Focus | | :------------------------------------------------------- | :----------------------------------------------------------------------------- | :--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | | oh-my-fish | Community Fish framework. | Includes many plugins and themes, with installation, auto-update, and scaffolding tools. | | Paul's dotfiles | Abundant dotfiles with a plethora of cool custom functions | Fish, macOS, Homebrew, Custom Shell functions | | rkalis's dotfiles | Well-maintained dotfiles featuring Fish, repository management and Hammerspoon | Fish, macOS, Homebrew, Repository management, Hammerspoon |


| Title | Description | Focus | | :------------------------------------------------------ | :------------------------------------------- | :------------------------------------------------------------------------------ | | .dots | New and upgraded dotfiles, now with Ansible! | Completely automated desktop setup, configuration and maintenance using Ansible | | sloria's dotfiles | sloria's dotfiles as Ansible roles | Sets up a full local development environment with a single command |


  • Ansible - Radically simple configuration-management, application deployment, task-execution, and multinode orchestration engine.
  • bashdot - Minimalist dotfile management framework written entirely in bash.
  • chezmoi - Manage your dotfiles securely across multiple machines.
  • dotbare - Manage dotfiles interactively with fzf.
  • dotbot - Tool that bootstraps your dotfiles.
  • dotdrop - Save your dotfiles once, deploy them everywhere.
  • dotstow - Manage dotfiles with stow.
  • emplace - Synchronize installed packages on multiple machines using a dotfiles repository.
  • Fisher - A package manager for Fish
  • fresh - Keep your dotfiles fresh. Fresh is a tool to source shell configuration (aliases, functions, etc) from others into your own configuration files.
  • GNU Stow - Symlink farm manager which takes distinct packages of software and/or data located in separate directories on the filesystem, and makes them appear to be installed in the same place.
  • homeshick - Git dotfile synchronizer written in Bash.
  • homesick - Your home directory is your castle. Don't leave your dotfiles behind (article).
  • mackup - Keep your application settings in sync (OS X/Linux).
  • Pearl - Package manager that allows to control, sync, share dotfiles as packages automatically activated during shells or editors startup. There is a wide range of packages already available in the Official Pearl Hub (for Linux and OSX).
  • rcm - rc file (dotfile) management.
  • themer - Manage and generate themes across your development tools from within your dotfiles.
  • yadm - Tool for managing a collection of files across multiple computers, using a shared Git repository and some additional features.


  • dockutil - Command line tool for managing dock items
  • mas - Mac App Store command line interface
  • zero - Radically simple personal bootstrapping tool for macOS.


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